Conducting business in an environmentally and socially responsible manner has long been an integral part of Arthur's Jewelers commitment. Our company believes strongly in the work of the Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC) to add assurance to both the diamond and gold jewelry supply chain. We are joined by an increasing number of industry partners throughout our supply chain, who believe that by working together, our industry can affect real change.
Policy on Conflict Diamonds
Diamonds are meant to be a gift of love, and we at Arthur's Jewelers disagree in the way in which some gems have been used to fund conflict. To prevent the sale of conflict diamonds, governments, our industry and human-rights groups created the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) in 2002, which today regulates 99% of the worldwide rough diamond supply.
We require all of our suppliers to provide us with a written warranty, stating that their diamonds come from Kimberley-certified sources and are not involved in funding conflict.
The warranty statement, which was officially recognized at the creation of the Kimberley Process, reads:
The diamonds herein invoiced have been purchased from legitimate sources not involved in funding conflict and in compliance with the United Nations Resolutions. The seller hereby guarantees that these diamonds are conflict free, based on personal knowledge and/or written guarantees provided by the suppliers of these diamonds.
Responsible Mining Standards
Arthur's Jewelers supports jewelry industry associations, such as Jewelers of America and concerned nongovernmental organizations, such as EARTHWORKS and Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) to encourage responsible mining practices.
Responsible Jewelry Council (RJC) , Arthur's Jewelers is committed to reinforcing consumer confidence in the jewelry industry by adhering to the Principles and Code of Practices developed by RJC, which outlines responsible business practices throughout the diamond and gold jewelry supply chain.
Arthur's Jewelers is supportive of the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) in establishing a voluntary system of environmental, human rights and social standards for mining operations. By working collaboratively, this diverse group of stakeholders will develop a consensus-based, third-party certification standard for responsible mining.
Statement on Hard Rock Mining
Arthur's Jewelers actively opposes inappropriate mine development on environmentally and culturally sensitive lands. We support the reform of the General Mining Law of 1872 and legislation to assist in cleaning up abandoned hardrock mines. We agree with many in the environmental community, the mining industry and Congress that an overhaul of the federal mining law is long overdue. Arthur's Jewelers also understands that achieving mining law reform will require hard work, negotiation, compromise and creativity in a public, transparent process.
We believe that mining on our public lands should be a privilege and must be carefully measured against alternative uses, including recreation and conservation. Most importantly, we recognize that some public lands are simply not suitable for mining, and that their value for recreation and conservation is far greater than their value as a source of minerals.
If reforms are to succeed, we believe that taxpayers must be fairly compensated for minerals taken from public lands, protection of the environment must be enhanced and business certainty for companies and communities dependent on mining must be improved.